The Aggies should run all over No. 21 Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Then Manziel will do what he has been itching to for some time - leave College Station, Texas to go pro.
Other than the final two games of the regular season, Manziel's second year as the starting QB was nearly as good as his first, when he won the Heisman Trophy. He threw for 3,732 yards, 33 touchdowns, and ran for 686 yards with eight more scores.
There was nothing he could do about a bad Aggies defense, which allowed an average of 221 rushing yards per game - among other bad statistics.
By now, Manziel thinks he is ready for the pros. He is not. No slam on him - no one is "ready" for this jump. They just jump and hope it works.
Talking to a veteran NFL player personnel director, he thinks Manziel will be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. There was zero hesitation when I asked him. If Tim Tebow was a first-round pick, there is no reason Manziel should fall to the second round.
"He has the 'It' factor," he said. "Somebody is going to take him in the first round."
This player personnel director expressed no concern over the off-the-field headlines that generated so much negative attention in the spring of '13.
The knock this player personel director had on Manziel wasn't his height, but the concern of whether Manziel can endure the NFL's 16-game schedule, the influence of Manziel's family, and ...
"This guy thinks he can do everything. He tries to do too much," he said. "He thinks he can do all of it. But he's special. I think he can play."
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